Page Titles

You’ve probably seen lots of album pages with titles or headlines. These page titles are designed to set the tone and theme of a layout. This month, we’re going to look at different types and styles of titles and give you some new ideas for using them on your page. And yes, we’ll also answer the question, “Do I have to have a page title?”

What exactly is a page title?
Think of a newspaper headline. It explains the gist of the story to follow. It’s in a larger or more attention-getting type, and it typically runs across the top of the page. The same is generally true of scrapbook page titles.

Page titles are also one of the neatest things you can do on a layout, creatively speaking. You can make them from stickers, cut-outs, computer journaling or your own handwriting—and they can be as big or as small as you want! Whatever the style, I really like page titles that make the reader curious about the page, so they have to take a closer look at the photos and journaling.

How to come up with a page title
Some page titles are word puns or cleverly written. If you’re a writer (or just like puns!) that can work out perfectly for you. But don’t worry if you’re not. The purpose of the page title is to capture the essence of your layout, so it’s perfectly fine if the title simply reads, “A Day at the Oregon Coast”. The more descriptive you can be, the better—so you might change that title to “A Rainy Day at the Oregon Coast, July 2005”.

And you’ll want to match your page title with the tone of the layout…clever is great and funny is fine, but ultimately you’ll want the title to go with the page. A heritage page or formal wedding layout is probably not best served by a whimsical word pun.

How do I come up with a page title? Sometimes I have a great idea for a title based on something I saw or a quote I read and that title can guide me through the whole layout. Other times I create a page title from my journaling.

Do I have to have a page title?
Not at all. In fact, I recommend this rule of thumb: If you want to include a title and you have room for one, go right ahead. If you don’t, or if you don’t feel you need it, scrapbook the rest of your page and be done with it. There are no rules in scrapbooking—the choice is up to you.

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Favorite ways to make page titles & fun places to put them
As I mentioned earlier, a page title is like a newspaper headline. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative mixing fonts, using stickers or adding embellishments. And it doesn’t mean your page title can only read across the top of your page. Let’s look at some of my favorite ways to make titles!

Computer journal your title:
Here I used a number 2 tile cut-out to start my page title. I computer journaled the rest—of course, you could also handwrite it. This title is pretty straightforward, simply stating the name of the event. It’s one of the easiest ways to make a page title!

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Use alphabet tiles: Alphabet tiles are made of paper, so they’re really easy to use. Just cut them out, then attach them to your page with glue or foam tape. The nice thing is that you can play around with the placement before attaching them. For example, I like to attach every other alphabet tile with foam tape—it adds a little dimension and interest to the page. The Busy Scrapper's Solution collections each contain several different alphabet tile cut-outs to match the papers. I used the Wedding & Romance collection here. It’s one of my favorite time-savers because they’re already coordinated for me!

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Use cardstock stickers: Cardstock stickers are made from a heavyweight cardstock. What I like about this is how it allows me a little more forgiveness when attaching them to my page. If you simply place them on the page and don’t press them down, you can still pick them up within a few minutes and adjust the placement. Tip: Here, I used the pattern on the plaid paper to help me line up my stickers. On this page, my title is simply the year of the photo. It’s simple and dignified, just like the picture.

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Use fabric stickers:
Fabric stickers add a little more texture and dimension to a page, and they’re fun to use. Tip: When peeling fabric stickers from the sheet, be sure to pull from the top or the bottom of the sticker, not from a corner. This prevents any stretching. Notice that this page title reads across the bottom of the page, not the top—and how each photo has its own mini-title. And note that the title isn’t perfectly spaced, either. Why drive yourself crazy trying to make a title perfect when it looks much cuter when the stickers are uneven and overlapping?

Positioning your title
Where you place your page title is simply a matter of personal style—and room! Titles can read across the top of the page, along the bottom, or down either side.

You can use one style of title (all fabric stickers, or all cut-outs) or mix them together to fit the spacing. A long page title can fit onto a page quite easily. For example, a title of “Top Ten Things I’m Thankful For” probably won’t fit on my page if I use all alphabet tiles. But if I write “top 10” on my computer in a small font, then spell out “things I’m thankful for” with overlapping alphabet tiles then I probably can make it fit.

You can also break apart a long title by placing part of the title along the top and the rest along the bottom.

Whatever your style and whatever your page theme, remember that page titles are meant to enhance your layout. Make one if it fits your page topic (and size!) and let it set the stage for your photos and journaling.

For more great ideas on page titles and journaling, check out Hot Off The Press’ Scrapbook Recipes for Journaling idea book. It’s written by LeNae Gerig and four other scrapbookers, so you’ll have a wide variety of different page themes, styles and layouts!

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